DoD Launches Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign Drive
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sep. 26, 2006 With a ceremony today, DoD launched the Pentagon’s 2006 Combined Federal Campaign. The theme of this year’s campaign, which runs through Dec. 15, is “Be a Star in Someone’s Life.”
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen is the honorary CFC chair for the National Capital Region drive. Allen, who was the lead coordinator for federal relief during the 2005 hurricane season, calls DoD “the Big Dog” in the CFC kennel. “You bring in big money,” Allen said during today’s kick-off ceremony. “Not only that, but you bring enormous impact across a wide-range of charities.”
The goal for the year across the region is $58 million. DoD’s goal is $16 million.
In 2005, the average DoD gift to CFC was $309 from about 60 percent of the people in the department. The overall donation was $15.2 million.
“The DoD goal we have this year is the highest we’ve ever set,” said Michael Donley, the Pentagon’s director of administration and management. He said he’s confident the employees of the department will open their hearts and checkbooks to help others.
Allen attested to the help that the CFC provides to those in need. “During the more than six months I spent … on the Gulf Coast, it was extraordinary for me to see these agencies I have dealt with over the years with the Combined Federal Campaign do their work on the ground,” he said. “We see a lot of these non-governmental organizations, these service agencies, these not-for-profit groups working out there. You saw them on the news. But when you go there and they are feeding you, you get a new respect and insight on what they do.
“I can tell you that other than MREs, they were the only restaurants of choice in New Orleans.”
Allan urged all employees to examine the CFC charities and to be generous.